Caregiver Support Group

Connecting with other caregivers in caregiver support group meetings is an excellent way to acquire information, ideas and tips for caregiving. In addition, support group participants feel affirmed, renewed and re-energized after sharing their stories and hearing the stories of their fellow caregivers.

Holy Cross supports all and any caregivers through the support group meetings that are held each month. During the meetings, caregivers are given opportunities to share their stories, ask questions and feel affirmed for all they are doing in their journeys as a caregiver.

Meetings: Usually the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:30pm in classroom J at Holy Cross

Upcoming Events

JAN25

Forum for non-professional caregivers

Jan 25, 2020: 9:30am - 12:30pm

The forum will feature presentations by four community organizations that offer resources for caregivers.

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JAN25

Informational Forum for Non-professional Caregivers

Jan 25, 2020: 9:30am - 12:30pm

The forum will feature presentations by four community organizations that offer resources for caregivers.

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FEB13

Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Feb 13, 2020: 1:30pm

Join a caregivers’ support group in classroom J at Holy Cross Parish, which will help you become renewed and refreshed while being affirmed for your dedication and caregiving efforts.

For questions about the caregiving journey, call Evelyn (Sanchez) Fink at 602-882-5197.

MAR12

Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Mar 12, 2020: 1:30pm

Join a caregivers’ support group in classroom J at Holy Cross Parish, which will help you become renewed and refreshed while being affirmed for your dedication and caregiving efforts.

For questions about the caregiving journey, call Evelyn (Sanchez) Fink at 602-882-5197.

APR9

Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Apr 9, 2020: 1:30pm

Join a caregivers’ support group in classroom J at Holy Cross Parish, which will help you become renewed and refreshed while being affirmed for your dedication and caregiving efforts.

For questions about the caregiving journey, call Evelyn (Sanchez) Fink at 602-882-5197.

On the Caregiving Journey...

Tips for Caregivers during the Holidays

12-15-2019

The busy-ness of the holidays can create stress for everyone including caregivers and care receivers. Caregivers often find themselves taking on additional tasks which can be overwhelming and physically exhausting. The stress of too much to do can also be spiritually exhausting. In addition to being concerned about getting enough sleep, eating properly, exercising and taking short breaks from caregiving, caregivers need nourish their spiritual well-being.

Spiritual self-care can take several forms - reading scriptures and devotional material, listening to inspirational music, journaling, praying favorite prayers, reciting the rosary or Divine Mercy chaplet, attending Mass or viewing televised Mass. All of these nourish the soul. Taking a few moments to do one or more of these will occasionally help restore emotional/spiritual strength. If caregivers are extremely strapped for time, just talking to the Lord while working on tasks can be very beneficial.

Tips for Caregivers during the Holidays

12-01-2019

December is probably the busiest month of the year with many family gatherings and holiday celebrations. The holiday season can become very stressful for everyone, including caregivers and care receivers. The question is how to handle the holidays without increasing stress levels. AARP has published a set of tips for caregivers which include:

  1. Focus on finding meaning and joy, not perfection in holiday activities.
  2. Make your holiday activities as simple as possible - smaller gatherings, shorter visits, fewer decorations, fewer out-of-home activities.
  3. Create new traditions that accommodate the care receiver's limitations. This may mean finding simpler things to do in the home to celebrate the holidays.
  4. Simplify holiday meals with fewer side dishes or more prepared dishes or ask family and friends to do the grocery shopping, cook the food and/or help with clean up.

For more information and holiday stress-reducing tips, check AARP's website here.